Menicon Co. Ltd. (Nagoya, Japan), which has pioneered the injection molding of contact lenses, has reorganized its non-Japanese entities to accelerate the introduction of new products and services to support its growing contact lens and related businesses. As part of the move, the company created a new global management team at its Menicon Holdings B.V. operation in the Netherlands All Menicon Group companies outside Japan will be unified under one entity, Menicon Holdings (Emmen, Netherlands), which will serve as Menicon's international headquarters and oversee all commercial operations outside Japan.
Menicon Holdings will build new headquarters and manufacturing plant in Emmen, as part of the move, with the facility slated to open in early 2013. Initially producing custom contact lenses for the European market, the new site will house Menicon's European R&D center. Menicon noted that the new plant will "significantly expand" the company's lathing and molding capacity for both gas-permeable and soft disposable lenses.